OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Pontiac, Illinois

Neurology

Stroke is a brain attack and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 people annually. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Part of the brain starts to die when the blood and the oxygen is shut off. The body part, controlled by the damaged area of the brain, begins to work improperly.

For someone suffering from a stroke, fast emergency medical treatment could be the difference between life and death. Time is brain; and receiving emergency medical care can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.